The victims' index provides a comprehensive listing of the known victims of politically motivated crimes during the apartheid era, as identified through the TRC.
The list provides detailed information related to personal loss, death or injury, as well as the victim's age at the time of the incident.
TRC Victims - Letter O
|OOSTHUIZEN, Patrick Edgar Vernon||An ANC supporter who was arrested and severely beaten by police in George, Cape, on 13 September 1976, during a period of unrest after the Soweto uprising had spread to the South Cape. He was charged with public violence and later acquitted. ||References|
|OOSTHUIZEN, Wessel Johannes||Was shot and injured by APLA members at a petrol depot in East London on 19 August 1983. See APLA attacks. ||References|
|OPPERMAN, JP ||Was injured when MK operatives detonated an explosive in a car outside the South African Air Force (SAAF) headquarters in Church Street, Pretoria, on 20 May 1983. Twenty-one people were killed and 217 injured. The overall commander of MK’s Special Operations Unit and two MK operatives were granted amnesty (AC/2001/003 and AC/2001/023). See Church Street bombing, Pretoria. ||References|
|OPPERMAN, Karel||27||Was shot in the eye near his home by members of the SAP, some of whom are named, in Ashton, Cape, on 30 June 1990. There had been a protest march that day. Mr Opperman, who was not politically involved, lost an eye in the shooting. ||References|
|OPPERMAN, Ryno Johannes ||Sustained minor injuries when MK operatives detonated a car bomb using a remote control device outside the Ellis Park rugby stadium, Johannesburg, on 2 July 1988. Two spectators leaving the rugby match were killed and 37 others sustained minor and major injuries. Four operatives from MK’s Special Operations Unit, including its commander, were granted amnesty (AC/2001/161).||References|
|ORLYN, Kgotsile Cecil||34||A church minister, youth activist and UDF supporter who was arrested in June 1987 and detained for 3 months at Humansdorp, Cape. While in detention, he was beaten and given electric shock torture by members of the SAP, some of who are named. ||References|
|ORWIN, Gary David||A member of the SADF who was shot and wounded when APLA members ambushed a military vehicle, firing on it with automatic weapons, in Alexandra, Johannesburg, on 16 December 1986. See APLA attacks. Two APLA members were granted amnesty (AC/2000/0133). ||References|
|OSEPENG, Boikie Patrick||31||Was detained between 1990 and 1992 in Dryharts, Taung, Bophuthatswana, during a chieftaincy feud between chief Mahure and Chief Mankuroane. ||References|
|OSMERS, John||43||An Anglican priest from New Zealand and an ANC supporter who was severely injured in an explosion in Maseru, Lesotho, on 5 July 1979, when he opened a parcel containing an explosive device. Five other persons were injured in the incident ||References|
|OSS, Andrew||Was stabbed and burnt to death by members of the ‘Gaddaffi’ faction of the ANC-aligned Khutsong Youth Congress (KYC) in Khutsong, Carletonville, Transvaal , in June 1990 while selling ANC T-shirts at the local taxi rank. Violence between two rival factions of the KYC, the ‘Zim-zims’ and the ‘Gaddaffis’, resulted in at least 17 deaths between 1989 and 1991 before a peace pact took effect in May 1991.||References|
|OTTO, AP ||Was injured when MK operatives detonated an explosive in a car outside the South African Air Force (SAAF) headquarters in Church Street, Pretoria, on 20 May 1983. Twenty-one people were killed and 217 injured. The overall commander of MK’s Special Operations Unit and two MK operatives were granted amnesty (AC/2001/003 and AC/2001/023). See Church Street bombing, Pretoria. ||References|
|OTTO, Ewette Jauneen||16||Was shot dead together with a friend by named members of the SAP in Bishop Lavis, Cape Town, on 6 September 1989, near a burning barricade erected in protest against the apartheid elections being held that day. Widespread clashes with police took place across Cape Town resulting in over 20 deaths and many injuries. ||References|
|OZYNSKI, Saul||21||A member of the Congress of Democrats (COD) who was detained in 1961 in Johannes-burg, under emergency regulations. Mr Ozynski was accused of being a communist. The COD was banned in 1962. ||References||